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RNA-Guided Transcriptional Regulation

United States Patent Application

20140356956
A1
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Methods of modulating expression of a target nucleic acid in a cell are provided including introducing into the cell a first foreign nucleic acid encoding one or more RNAs complementary to DNA, wherein the DNA includes the target nucleic acid, introducing into the cell a second foreign nucleic acid encoding a nuclease-null Cas9 protein that binds to the DNA and is guided by the one or more RNAs, introducing into the cell a third foreign nucleic acid encoding a transcriptional regulator protein or domain, wherein the one or more RNAs, the nuclease-null Cas9 protein, and the transcriptional regulator protein or domain are expressed, wherein the one or more RNAs, the nuclease-null Cas9 protein and the transcriptional regulator protein or domain co-localize to the DNA and wherein the transcriptional regulator protein or domain regulates expression of the target nucleic acid.
CHURCH, George M. (Brookline, MA), MALI, Prashant G. (Somerville, MA), ESVELT, Kevin M. (Cambridge, MA)
14/ 319,530
June 30, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTERESTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under Grant No. P50 HG005550 from the National Institutes of health and DE-FG02-02ER63445 from the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.